Top 5 Reasons to Shred Mobile Devices

Mobile devices have a life span. Here’s why you should shred them.

While mobile devices have certainly become part of our daily life, the truth of the matter is these gadgets have a life span. With newer models being rolled out as technology evolves, obsolete devices end up becoming paperweights for our desks. Unless you’re planning to sell your old device, your best course of action is to shred it. Here’s why.

  1. Data fraud is real.

You can’t just remove a SIM card and expect your old device to be secure, nor will deleting and resetting the device make it 100% safe. A smart hacker can find a way to get what they want. Rely on a mobile device destruction service, which Legal Shred offers.

  1. Company handsets are still vulnerable.

Company-issued handsets are still vulnerable to data theft even when they’re overseen by IT departments and equipped with the latest security software. Are you willing to compromise your company’s data, whether it’s confidential emails, trade secrets, or patented apps by keeping old devices around? Call Legal Shred to shred mobile devices along with your company’s proprietary info.

  1. Handsets are risky.

75% of respondents in the 2014 State of Endpoint Risk Report by Ponemon Institute say that mobile devices such as smartphones represent the greatest security risk within the IT environment. Hanging onto old ones only increases the risk of data theft. Shred those old handsets!

  1. It’s green.

Throwing away cell phones literally means throwing away valuable metals including copper, silver, gold, and palladium. Tossing cell phones in the landfill is not a sustainable action and is very detrimental to the environment.

  1. Do-it-yourself doesn’t apply here.

While taking a hammer to your old phone may seem cathartic, beating the old device will not likely harm the memory chips and other components that need to be destroyed. Shredding prevents the undamaged components from being put in a new phone.


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